Sociology Index

POLITY

Polity is an ‘umbrella’ term used to refer to the roles and institutions of a society that directly shape the way the society is governed. There is debate about what institutions should be included in a description of the polity.

Polity involves state institutions of government, the political parties, interest and advocacy groups. Polity will also include the media and other institutions directly affecting political values, opinions and behavior.

According to Aristotle, polity can be viewed as a fifth type of regime in addition to monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, and aristocracy.

Ecclesiastical polity is the operational and governance structure of a religious denomination, including the ministerial structure and the authority relationships.

Churches having episcopal polity are governed by bishops, who have authority over dioceses. Presbyterian polity is the gonvernance of Presbyterian churches. Congregationalist polity dispenses with elders or bishops as a requirement of church structure. 

The British Polity by Philip Norton - The British Polity is a remarkably lucid, accessible, and thoroughly updated revision of Philip Norton's highly-praised book on the institutions and processes, continuity and change of British politics.

Macro Polity, The (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology) by Robert S. Erikson, Michael B. Mackuen, The Macro Polity is an impressive work that will be controversial and influential. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. Their extensive work accomplishes so much by shifting the perspective of political scientists. The Macro Polity will affect the research agenda of many scholars for years to come.

Perspectives on Politics 
Book Description: The Macro Polity provides the first comprehensive model of American politics at the system level. Ecclesiastical polity, the operational and governance structure of a religious denomination, including the ministerial structure and the authority relationships. Episcopal polity, governed by bishops, who have authority over dioceses. Presbyterian polity is the gonvernance of Presbyterian churches. Congregationalist polity dispenses with elders or bishops as a requirement of church structure. 

Polity - Journal Information
Since its inception in 1968, Polity has established and maintained a distinct identity as a journal open to a variety of theoretically and historically informed approaches to the study of politics. While other political science journals have become increasingly specialized or associated with a particular trend within the discipline, Polity has steadfastly remained ecumenical in its approach, opening its pages to authors and articles whose styles are accessible and whose subjects are of interest to broadly educated readers.

About Polity Politics
Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in politics, political theory and international relations. We publish many of the key scholars in the field and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications.

Popular Democracy and the European Union Polity 
Abstract: Although we still celebrate the late twentieth-century ‘victory of democracy’, our understanding of what democracy entails in both theory and practice is increasingly subject to a variety of qualifying definitions, many of which now seem to devalue the role of elections and electoral accountability.

Evolution of Social Polity of Ancient India
From Manu to Kautilya" Vol I & II, Year - 1990, Nagpur University, India

Polity, Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life (A Collection of Historic Baptist Documents) by Mark E. Dever

The Human Polity The Human Polity by Kay Lawson - As in previous editions, the coverage . . . is unsurpassed in the peer literature. . . I found myself learning much from the authors treatment. . .The author takes obvious pride in her book and documents it extremely well. I also like the interweaving of academic literature with popular accounts.
This brief version of The Human Polity offers the same personal, engaging introduction to political science in a shorter format ideal for professors interested in incorporating outside readings into their course.

Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers by Joan S. Gray, Joyce C. Tucker.